The Antonio Conte era at Spurs came to an abrupt end on Monday morning, after Daniel Levy decided he couldn’t continue with the Italian manager after his bizarre rant before the international break.
Conte has left Tottenham in a relatively healthy position however, sat in fourth in the Premier League, with a decent chance of Champions League football next season.
Combine that with one of the best stadiums in Europe and a talented squad and it will be a big pull for any manager. So let’s examine some of the names in the betting markets…
Next Spurs Manager Odds
Julian Nagelsmann – 11/8
When Conte made his explosive remarks at the press conference, immediately after Spurs had capitulated against rock bottom Southampton, many thought it would be Mauricio Pochettino who would be the clear favourite.
That was until the shock sacking of Julian Nagelsmann by Bayern Munich at the weekend, replacing him with the ex-Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
The availability of one of Europe’s brightest young coaches has catapulted him to the head of the market and there are strong rumours that Spurs have already been in contact as to his availability.
Mauricio Pochettino – 4/1
Speaking of Pochettino, the ex-Spurs gaffer is still hugely popular in one half of North London, after he guided the club to a Champions League final and 2nd place in the domestic top flight.
His attacking and expansive style of football suited the fans down to the ground and he can consider himself extremely unlucky to be sacked, as Spurs tried to go for a proven winner in Jose Mourinho.
After so many changes in recent years, it may be Poch who can finally unite the squad again and convince Harry Kane to remain at the club.
Cristian Stellini – 11/1
The acting head coach is the man currently in charge of the side and with ten games to go (the exact number required to constitute a permanent manager appointment on this market), Stellini could represent some value for shrewd punters.
If Nagelsmann, Poch or AN Other can’t be persuaded to take the job until the summer, it seems likely that Stellini would be kept in charge until then.
The 48-year-old did reasonably well when covering for Conte, during his recent gallbladder surgery and knows the squad inside out.
Arne Slot – 12/1
Slot’s name was mentioned regularly for the recent Leeds job but he soon ruled himself out of the move to Elland Road.
The Feyenoord manager is being pushed by certain people for this job but whilst he has done a great job in the Eredivisie, surely this one is a step up too far just now, with such huge names also in the running.
Thomas Frank – 12/1
The current Brentford manager has impressed everyone in English football with his savvy, tactical brain and entertaining style of play.
The Bees have consistently scouted well and picked up talented players from leagues below.
Frank has also improved players under his watch, including newly capped England player Ivan Toney.
If Levy does decide to go for Frank, it would be highly likely that Toney would follow, especially if Kane is likely to move on.
Luis Enrique – 12/1
The ex-Spain boss is available and ticks a lot of boxes for Spurs.
Ex-Tottenham players and pundits alike have been pushing his name forward and the former Barcelona manager certainly possesses the winning credentials, with nine trophies in his time at Barca.
He may well want a rest from the game though, after his disappointing period in charge of the national team.
Ange Postecoglou – 14/1
Next up, we have a raft of managers who are currently employed and would require a compensation pay out, starting with Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou.
The big Australian has done an amazing job at Celtic Park, winning the league and cup double in his first season and he looks like repeating that again in 2022/23.
Surely it’s only a matter of time before Ange moves south of the border but I think it will be for a smaller club than Spurs.
Roberto De Zerbi – 14/1
Similar to Postecoglou, Roberto De Zerbi is a man with his name on the rise at present.
Many thought Brighton could fall down the league after the departure of Graham Potter for Chelsea but if anything, it’s been the opposite.
Would Levy want to work with another passionate Italian who is unproven at the top level?
Much as De Zerbi has impressed on the south coast, I can’t see this one happening.
Vincent Kompany – 16/1
Now here is a name that could throw the cat amongst the pigeons.
Kompany has turned round Burnley in the space of one season and turned them from a direct aggressive side under Sean Dyche, into one of the best footballing sides the second tier has ever seen.
With the Belgian guaranteed Premier League football next season, it seems unlikely he would leave for Spurs but it could be seen as a huge stepping stone to his eventual dream job at Manchester City.
Michael Carrick – 28/1
The last of our managers who are currently tearing up trees in their existing positions is Michael Carrick at Middlesbrough.
The ex-Man Utd (and of course Spurs) midfielder impressed in his short spell in temporary charge at Old Trafford and then has proven himself on Teeside.
The 41-year-old has dragged Boro from the relegation spots up to the heights of third, with a real chance of automatic promotion.
This one looks too early for Carrick but surely he will get a chance in the Premier League sooner rather than later.
Harry Redknapp – 66/1
Not happening, more chance of Sandra or Rosie getting the job.
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